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Land under forest shrunk between 2011 and 2016, contrary to FSI’s findings

The FSI’s report had shown last year that the country recorded a 0.56% improvement in its forest cover, as compared to 2017 but the NSO’s land use change matrix showed that forest area declined by 1.09%
The NSO land use change matrix shows a reduction in forest area may be because of diversion to built-up area, agriculture and wasteland.(HT file)
The NSO land use change matrix shows a reduction in forest area may be because of diversion to built-up area, agriculture and wasteland.(HT file)
Updated on Oct 01, 2020 11:45 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi

Odisha tops forest fire incidents in the country for a week

Though fire incidents in Odisha are quite less this year compared to the same period last year, the numbers are slowly rising.
Between 9 and 16 April 2019, Odisha recorded 4429 fire spots while the same for the previous year was 682.(Forest department, Odisha.)
Between 9 and 16 April 2019, Odisha recorded 4429 fire spots while the same for the previous year was 682.(Forest department, Odisha.)
Updated on Apr 17, 2020 09:45 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty

Fix the issues that plague the Indian housing market | Opinion

Liberalising Floor Space Index caps will make homes accessible. Supplement it with additional infrastructure
Instead of enabling people to move to cities, the policy approach is geared to keeping them out(Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint)
Instead of enabling people to move to cities, the policy approach is geared to keeping them out(Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint)
Updated on Feb 19, 2020 06:38 PM IST
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By Reuben Abraham and Pritika Hingorani

Sunderbans lost 2% mangrove cover in two years, reports central survey

Released on Monday in Delhi, the Forest Survey of India (FSI) report, said the mangrove cover in the Sunderbans has shrunk by more than two square kilometres – from 2214 sq km to 2112.11 sq km - between 2017 and 2019.
The Sunderbans is the world’s largest mangrove delta and home to the Royal Bengal Tiger.(GETTY IMAGES/iStockphoto.)
The Sunderbans is the world’s largest mangrove delta and home to the Royal Bengal Tiger.(GETTY IMAGES/iStockphoto.)
Updated on Dec 30, 2019 11:09 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Joydeep Thakur

Heavy encroachment led to rejected forest claims: FSI

The need for an FSI survey arose after a bench led by Justice Arun Mishra on February 13 this year ordered eviction of forest dwellers whose claims had been rejected.
The need for an FSI survey arose after a bench led by Justice Arun Mishra on February 13 ordered eviction of forest dwellers whose claims had been rejected. (HT File)
The need for an FSI survey arose after a bench led by Justice Arun Mishra on February 13 ordered eviction of forest dwellers whose claims had been rejected. (HT File)
Updated on Dec 18, 2019 11:39 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha and Jays​hree Nandi

State approves 4 FSI for redevelopment of structures in Ulhasnagar

The joint director of town planning Konkan division, Navi Mumbai, has been appointed to hear objections and suggestions and submit his report to the government.
Residents will hold a meeting on Sunday at 7pm at Sindhu Youth Circle, Ulhasnagar camp 3.(HT image)
Residents will hold a meeting on Sunday at 7pm at Sindhu Youth Circle, Ulhasnagar camp 3.(HT image)
Updated on Sep 15, 2019 04:38 AM IST
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Ulhasnagar | By Sajana Nambiar

Extra FSI, loan rebate: Mumbai’s sops to boost self-revamp of societies

Through self-redevelopment, residents come together to undertake the revamp instead of the builder. They appoint a contractor and share the benefits which would have otherwise been cornered by the builder.
To protect residents from delays, the government has also mandated that the project needs to be completed within three years after approvals are issued.(Ht image)
To protect residents from delays, the government has also mandated that the project needs to be completed within three years after approvals are issued.(Ht image)
Updated on Sep 15, 2019 03:16 AM IST
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Mumbai | By Naresh Kamath

Bombay HC restrains BMC from acquiring any gaothan properties

The petitioner has cited the example of Kharodi gaothan, where a slum-rehabilitation scheme has been implemented, despite steep resistance from the locals, and now efforts are being made to declare Karol gaothan in Kurla as a slum, although it has been duly recognised as a gaothan in the DP.
The petitioner contended that under slum redevelopment projects, the original inhabitants have been given much smaller permanent alternate accommodations.(HT image)
The petitioner contended that under slum redevelopment projects, the original inhabitants have been given much smaller permanent alternate accommodations.(HT image)
Updated on Aug 21, 2019 05:27 AM IST
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Mumbai | By HT Correspondent

Lower FSI premiums for builders: Will homes now become cheaper?

For the developer, this will reduce the input cost of premiums for increased floor space by up to 25% for residential buildings and up to 30% for commercial buildings, bringing down the total cost of the project by up to 10%, according to builders and experts.
According to the decision, signed by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, the premium for additional FSI (more than the base FSI fixed by the state) has been reduced to 40% of the ready reckoner rate, from the current 50%.(HT image)
According to the decision, signed by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, the premium for additional FSI (more than the base FSI fixed by the state) has been reduced to 40% of the ready reckoner rate, from the current 50%.(HT image)
Updated on Aug 20, 2019 08:45 AM IST
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MUMBAI | By Eeshanpriya M S

Ulhasnagar residents staying near collapsed building protest outside Assembly

The A wing of Mahak Apartments in Ulhasnagar collapsed on Tuesday, a day after 30 families were evacuated from there. The five-storey building had started tilting and had developed cracks.
Residents staying around the recently collapsed Ulhasnagar building in Kalyan protested outside the Maharashtra assembly in Mumbai, on Thursday, August 15, 2019.(HT Photo)
Residents staying around the recently collapsed Ulhasnagar building in Kalyan protested outside the Maharashtra assembly in Mumbai, on Thursday, August 15, 2019.(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 16, 2019 01:18 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Kalyan | By Ankita G Menon, Kalyan

SC told forest surveys to point out encroachments may take 16 years

The need for an FSI survey arose after a bench led by Justice Arun Mishra on February 13 this year ordered the eviction of Forest Dwelling Tribals and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers whose claims to forest land were rejected.
FSI was asked to “make a satellite survey and place on record the encroachment positions and also state the positions after the eviction as far as possible.”(HT File)
FSI was asked to “make a satellite survey and place on record the encroachment positions and also state the positions after the eviction as far as possible.”(HT File)
Updated on Aug 07, 2019 08:46 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha

State to build Nariman Point’s tallest building for legislators

Each legislator will get a 2-BHK flat with private office in 2 towers in hostel
An artist’s interpretation of the MLA hostel project at Nariman Point(HT Photo)
An artist’s interpretation of the MLA hostel project at Nariman Point(HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 25, 2019 12:06 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Swapnil Rawal, Mumbai

Firm gets 1,387-sqm plot in Mumbai’s Malabar Hill for Rs14.8 crore

The Maharashtra government has decided to grant ownership rights to plots allotted on leasehold and occupancy class II (conditional ownership) basis for residential, commercial, agriculture and industrial use to individuals and cooperative housing societies.
File photo of Malabar Hill, Mumbai.(HT File Photo)
File photo of Malabar Hill, Mumbai.(HT File Photo)
Published on Jul 22, 2019 10:01 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Faisal Malik

Thane has 4,507 unsafe buildings: TMC survey

However, the number has gone down by 198 buildings as compared to last year when 4,705 buildings were classified as dangerous
Naupada has 46 extremely dangerous buildings, the highest in Thane, according to the survey.(Praful Gangurde/ HT)
Naupada has 46 extremely dangerous buildings, the highest in Thane, according to the survey.(Praful Gangurde/ HT)
Updated on May 09, 2019 12:15 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Megha Pol, Thane

MMRDA takes up redevelopment work near 2 upcoming Metro stations

In line with implementing transit-oriented development, agency to revamp 2 colonies near upcoming 2A, 2B corridors
The authority is looking to implement the concept of transit-oriented development (TOD) in the city
The authority is looking to implement the concept of transit-oriented development (TOD) in the city
Updated on May 08, 2019 09:21 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Tanushree Venkatraman, Mumbai

Wildfires burnt 6,533 hectares of forest in Mumbai, losses pegged at 90 crore

The RTI query by Mumbai-based environment group Watchdog Foundation revealed data on forest fires across Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Kolhapur, Nashik and Aurangabad regions 2015 and 2019
More than 95% forest fires in the state are man-made for agricultural and land acquisition purposes, forest officials said(HT Photo)
More than 95% forest fires in the state are man-made for agricultural and land acquisition purposes, forest officials said(HT Photo)
Published on Apr 01, 2019 12:24 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai

Rework method to assess forest cover, panel tells environment ministry

The report on developing a ‘strategy to create an additional carbon sink of 2.5 and 3 billion tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) from forest and tree cover’ was released by environment minister Harsh Vardhan.
An expert committee report has recommended that the Union environment ministry rework the methodology to determine forest cover by mapping areas under various monocultures plantations.(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT Photo)
An expert committee report has recommended that the Union environment ministry rework the methodology to determine forest cover by mapping areas under various monocultures plantations.(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 10, 2019 07:11 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent

Bandipur forest fire stoked by bureaucratic friction, inaction

For the fourth day in a row, the dry deciduous forests of Bandipur were up in flames, destroying an estimated 3,000 hectares of forests that are home to tigers, leopards, civets, sambar deer and four-horned antelopes among other animals.
Bandipur: Rescue officials assist in extinguishing a forest fire at Bandipur Tiger Reserve, in Bandipur.(PTI)
Bandipur: Rescue officials assist in extinguishing a forest fire at Bandipur Tiger Reserve, in Bandipur.(PTI)
Published on Feb 25, 2019 11:24 PM IST
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Bengaluru/New Delhi | By Sibi Arasu and Jayashree Nandi

30 years after ‘Pratibha’: Mumbai’s tryst with illegal buildings

Through the late 80s, Pratibha was the shorthand reference for brazen illegalities, especially the “FSI scam”, in real estate
In the five years up to 2014, the BMC had identified more than 56,000 structures (including slums) with a range of violations of which 100 buildings or towers had major FSI violations.(Hindustan Times)
In the five years up to 2014, the BMC had identified more than 56,000 structures (including slums) with a range of violations of which 100 buildings or towers had major FSI violations.(Hindustan Times)
Published on Feb 14, 2019 12:26 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Smruti Koppikar

New CRZ rules protect open spaces in Mumbai’s DP; Activists say will destroy coastal ecosystem

Environment ministry says will protect open spaces marked in DP 2034, eco-sensitive areas; activists say norms relaxed to help devpt
It offers protection to only those open spaces, parks and playgrounds that have been marked in the city’s latest development plan (DP)(HT file photo)
It offers protection to only those open spaces, parks and playgrounds that have been marked in the city’s latest development plan (DP)(HT file photo)
Updated on Jan 23, 2019 07:34 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai

CRZ rules boost development along Mumbai’s east coast

Norms allow MbPT to go ahead with plan of more FSI along waterfront
The eastern waterfront is almost four times the size of Girangaon (243 hectares), the erstwhile mill land area in central Mumbai, which was opened for development nearly 15 years ago.(Hindustan Times)
The eastern waterfront is almost four times the size of Girangaon (243 hectares), the erstwhile mill land area in central Mumbai, which was opened for development nearly 15 years ago.(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jan 23, 2019 09:09 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Tanushree Venkatraman, Mumbai

Pune Municipal Commissioner establishes a dedicated cell to expedite road projects

The widening work of Katraj-Kondhwa and Shivane-Kharadi road projects are under way
The construction of Katraj-Kondhwa and Shivane-Kharadi road will end traffic woes (HT Representational Photo)(HT/PHOTO)
The construction of Katraj-Kondhwa and Shivane-Kharadi road will end traffic woes (HT Representational Photo)(HT/PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 08, 2019 05:00 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Pune | By HT Correspondent

1 parking lot for 4 apartments in city not enough, say experts

Need BMC to create multi-storey parking lots so roads are unclogged
BMC needs to build more public parking lots in the city.(HT Photo)
BMC needs to build more public parking lots in the city.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 03, 2019 08:19 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Eeshanpriya M S, Mumbai

To generate more non ticket revenue, PMPML plans to develop depots with 2.5 FSI

After PMPML recorded a loss of Rs 306 crore in 2017-2018, the Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation and the Maharashtra government approved 2.5 FSI for the land owned by PMPML
In order to increase the non ticket revenue PMPML will lease commercial spaces on their plots and will also use advertisements on buses. A bus with an advertisement is seen on Karve road.(Milind Saurkar/HT Photo)
In order to increase the non ticket revenue PMPML will lease commercial spaces on their plots and will also use advertisements on buses. A bus with an advertisement is seen on Karve road.(Milind Saurkar/HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 29, 2018 03:03 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Pune | By Abhay Khairnar

Boost for revamp of dilapidated buildings in Mumbai as BMC relaxes norms

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has relaxed some norms and incentivised the redevelopment of thousands of dilapidated buildings across Mumbai.
(Hindustan Times)
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Updated on Dec 07, 2018 09:07 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Steffy Thevar, Mumbai

Mangrove cover rises 30% in Konkan, falls by 4% in Mumbai Metropolitan Region

Says study by Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture; Mangrove cell points to successful awareness campaigns; activists have mixed views
Mangrove cover in Ratnagiri saw a 25% rise from 2017.(HT FILE)
Mangrove cover in Ratnagiri saw a 25% rise from 2017.(HT FILE)
Published on Nov 26, 2018 12:57 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai

Mumbai development: DCPR benefits for buildings that got nod under old norms

The Development Control and Promotions Regulation 2034 (DCPR) that came into force from November 13 will allow all under-construction and ongoing projects across Mumbai to be built higher than what was approved under the earlier Development Control Regulations, 1991.
According to the new rules, which will significantly change Mumbai’s skyline, work on plots that began with permissions before the DCPR 2034 came into effect, can calculate their potential based on the new rules(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
According to the new rules, which will significantly change Mumbai’s skyline, work on plots that began with permissions before the DCPR 2034 came into effect, can calculate their potential based on the new rules(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 15, 2018 09:23 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Eeshanpriya M S, Mumbai

Expect taller buildings near Metro, Monorail stations in Mumbai

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is planning a 190-kilometre metro network across the city with Metro interchanges at Marol, Ghatkopar, Dahisar, Andheri Western express Highway
Mono Rail Disturb at Chembur on 2nd day in MUMBAI, India.(HT File Photo)
Mono Rail Disturb at Chembur on 2nd day in MUMBAI, India.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Sep 26, 2018 11:57 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Sanjana Bhalerao

Maharashtra government has plans to offer FSI incentives to those who offer land

Originally, the excluded part of DCPR removed floor space index (FSI) incentives, but the proposed modification reintroduces additional FSI for reservation plots
Plots across Mumbai are picked by the civic body and reserved under the accommodation reservation policy, for public amenities such as gardens, old age homes, hospitals, schools.(HT Photo)
Plots across Mumbai are picked by the civic body and reserved under the accommodation reservation policy, for public amenities such as gardens, old age homes, hospitals, schools.(HT Photo)
Published on Sep 26, 2018 12:14 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Eeshanpriya M S, Mumbai

25 parking lots unused since 2017 in Mumbai, BMC can’t find takers

No bids for maintenance contracts for spaces that can be used to park up to 2,100 vehicles.
BMC and the respective wards have floated tenders many times, but have got poor response.(Bachchan Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
BMC and the respective wards have floated tenders many times, but have got poor response.(Bachchan Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Published on Sep 20, 2018 05:44 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Eeshanpriya M S, Mumbai
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